Weinberg: Symphony No. 19 - The Banners of Peace
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Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s 26 symphonies are seen today as a substantial continuation ofthe Russian tradition. Symphony No. 19 marks ‘Bright May’ as the month in which theGreat Patriotic War came to an end, but expressed with ominous apprehension as wellas celebration. The Banners of Peace subsumes traditional and revolutionary songsto create an extrovert work which avoids the bombast of propaganda. Gramophonehas acclaimed the ‘understanding and fervour’ of Vladimir Lande’s ‘greatly superior’conducting of Weinberg’s Symphony No. 6 (8572779).The St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra was established in1967 and until 1985 was known as the Orchestra of Ancient and ModernMusic. Renowned soloists and conductors, including Yuri Temirkanov,Mariss Jansons, Svyatoslav Richter, and many others, have performedwith the orchestra. In 2008, the American Vladimir Lande becamethe orchestra’s principal guest conductor. He conducted the openingconcert of St Petersburg’s White Nights Festival in summer 2004.Since then, he has led notable orchestras in the United States, conducted the NationalGallery Chamber Orchestra on an American tour, and served as conductor of the 64thAmerican Music Festival.
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